Tuesday, September 11, 2012

IRRI holds fourth research data management course for 2012

The fourth and last installment for the year of the Research Data Management (RDM) 101 training course started today, 11 September 2012, at the I.T. Learning Center in IRRI and will run for three half-days until 13 September.

The course aims to teach IRRI research staff good practices in gathering and managing research data. It covers organizing raw data in spreadsheets and databases; and data manipulation, checking, and validation. File management tools are also introduced and demonstrations conducted.

Ten participants, composed of researchers, interns and M.S./Ph.D. scholars from IRRI's various units, are attending the course.

Research data management is an important area of responsible conduct of research. Research data should be managed, shared, and preserved properly; management of it ought to be planned well right from the start of any project.

Resource persons were Marco van den Berg (chief information officer) and Rogelio Alvarez (IT manager for operations).

The RMQA-RDM 101 training team is composed of Menchu Bernardo, Icoy Mercado, and Dec Arreza. The next RDM 101 will be offered in 2013.

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